Mapping our global human footprint12 June 2019
Mapping our global human footprint12 June 2019 The number of people flocking to cities in search of employment and better prospects is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach nine billion, 70% of which will be living in urban areas. The World Settleme...
SMOS joins forces with top weather forecasting system12 June 2019 As of yesterday, 11 June 2019, measurements from ESA’s SMOS mission are being fully integrated into ECMWF’s forecasting system, allowing for a more accurate description of water content in soil.
Antarctic glaciers named after satellites07 June 2019
Antarctic glaciers named after satellites07 June 2019 Dramatic changes in the shape of the Antarctic ice sheet have become emblematic of the climate crisis. And, in deference to the critical role that satellites play in measuring and monitoring Antarctic glaciology, seven areas of fast-flowing ice on the...
Snow grain size – it matters29 May 2019
Snow grain size – it matters29 May 2019 Most of us probably wouldn’t think of describing snow in terms of its grain size. However, grain size is fundamental to the amount of sunlight that snow reflects back into space – its albedo. With both snow and albedo part of the climate system, scien...
TRUTHS: a new potential ESA Earth Watch mission29 May 2019 With ESA’s Space19+ Ministerial Council meeting set for November, a new satellite mission called TRUTHS will be added to the list of missions to be financed in the Earth Observation Earth Watch programme.
Vega to take Spain’s SEOSAT–Ingenio into orbit20 May 2019 ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract that secure the SEOSAT–Ingenio Earth observation satellite’s ride into orbit next year on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.